With Michael Crabtree out for most of the season, the development of sophomore wide receiver A.J. Jenkins is imperative to the San Francisco 49ers’ success in 2013. At this weeks mini-camp, Jenkins showed signs that good things may be on the horizon. Jenkins lined up with the first team opposite starter Anquan Boldin and made some impressive catches. This comes after he was praised by the coaching staff for having strong practices the prior week.
“Oh, he just made some clutch catches for us moving the ball,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “Just made plays, did all the right things, made plays when he had the opportunity. And he just needs to continue to do that.”
“Thought A.J. had his best week of football since he’s been a 49er the last four days of OTAs, which was the last week of OTAs, and he continues to build on that.”
If Jenkins has indeed begun to take the next step in his development, he could prove to be a breakout player this year in San Francisco.
– Greg Roman also said that the team would be installing some new plays to use in the red zone. They spent a lot of time on Tuesday running at half speed as they worked through the new plays. The 49ers have struggled at times in the red zone under Harbaugh. That was never more apparent than in the closing minutes of the Super Bowl.
–C.J. Spillman worked with the first team defense at free safety while Craig Dahl and Eric Reid took snaps with the second team. Spillman is a long shot to win the starting job but seeing him work with the first team shows he will get every opportunity to compete.
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